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FIREWORKS IN COMPUTER GAMES

Here are a few examples of some of the best fireworks in computer games over the years.

Fortnite! Not knowing much personally about the game but others in the office do we got quite excited about this challenge and one of the best ones in our opinion that has featured on the game in a while.

Forza Horizon Series – these are featured at the central garage where you can get all your fine-tuning, look around the showroom and much more. It is always highlighted on the map, but if you go there during the night time you won’t be able to miss it as you can catch a fantastic firework above the hub reaching high into the night sky. Well worth leaving your car for an upgrade in our opinion.

Rocket League – This one is more of a challenge as you only get rewarded with fireworks when you score a goal in this football car hybrid. This is a custom option with loads of different things to choose from, but this is one, of course, is the best goal celebration in our opinion.

Final Fantasy XIII – Two of the main characters in this game Sorah and Snow are shown flying around and enclosed firework display. The fireworks in the scene are CGI but they are still beautiful all the same. Also, you can earn fireworks in several challenges throughout the game and different games such as fireworks in a bottle or fireworks for completing different quests and challenges.

Hitman – featuring several fireworks displays throughout. The best one is in the Paris episode that you can trigger yourself or even use against your enemies. As Paris is the first episode you don’t have to wait or play too long to get your pyro fix.

Batman Arkham Assylum – An arch-enemy the Joker releases the fireworks in order to entice you (batman) of course to go up to the asylum. The attention to detail on this keeps an eye out in the skies for the smiley faces along with the bat symbol firework that he has managed to get his hands on.

Super Mario Bros – everyone at some point will have played or witness someone playing this game and probably before now not really noticed the fireworks as they are basic but still there all the same. Everyone enjoys the challenge at the end of the level, trying to get to the top of the flag pole. The more that you score the more fireworks are released above the castle. It is tricky getting the right timing but worth it at the end. Also, there is a firework scene at the end when the princess is rescued as a celebration.

Left for Dead 2 – the fireworks are a usable item in certain chapters of the game. They can be ignited by fire or gunshot but keep your distance as they have a large blast area. A fireworks crate is on offer which is like a selection box containing multiple things such as skyrockets, ground spinners, flares, sparklers, and firecrackers.

Animal Crossing – Normally as the game follows normal time there will only be certain times when you get to witness a firework display 4th of July and New Year’s Even been the big ones. This is also when the mayor of the town hands out roman candles, party poppers, sparklers and fountain fireworks to everyone. After this, there are in Wild world every Saturday in August from 7pm and also in City Folk and in New Leaf every Sunday in August so make sure that you don’t miss these. You can also by speaking with Isabelle before the show organise and design your own display in the Able sister’s shop.

Mine Craft – Another popular game before the release of Fortnite. You can create and fire rockets, but they are only obtainable through crafting or can be found in the creative inventory. Using different firework stars creates different colours, bursts, and effects.

This is just a selection of what is on offer and as there are more and more games released, we are sure that there will be plenty more firework or displays to see on games in the future.

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4th JULY FIREWORK CELEBRATIONS 2019

This year, the 4th July will fall on a Furzeday and celebrations around the event will generally closely involve family events including BBQ’s, picnics, baseball games, parades, music concerts and of course most will include FIREWORKS.

Celebrations of the Independence of the US from Great Britain did not really gain much popularity until some 15-20 years later. But, as there was still discord within the ranks of those who drew up the Declaration of Independence back in 1776 which was to continue throughout the Civil War. The Democratic-Republicans supported Thomas Jefferson and the wording of the DOI but, opposing factions, including the Federalist Party, though it was too French and very anti-British. By 1812, following the Civil War, the Federalist party had all but gone and the deaths on 4th July 1826 of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams re-enforced the idea of celebrating Independence Day as a national holiday.

Today, Independence Day is commemorated across the states with all manner of events. Over in Los Angeles, the 4th July event is a seasonal highlight back with family and child-friendly pursuits.

Each City has their own spin on what the locals will best enjoy. For example, in downtown LA, there is a HUGE block party in Grand Park featuring stacks of food, drink, live music and of course fabulous fireworks – even dogs are permitted to go!

Of course, being American, each City/State/Town likes to think that theirs is the biggest event with the best firework display, however, there are some which are categorized as super events due to the number of people who attend:

  • MACY’S 43RD ANNUAL 4TH JULY FIREWORKS

This 25-minute firework event includes over 6000 explosions. Macy’s have been funding the event since 1976 when the US celebrated the bicentennial of the signing of the DOI. For over 30-years, Pyro Spectaculars by Souza (one of the first Italian firework families) have carefully positioned 5-barges on the Hudson River and let rip with every effect imaginable. This event is viewed by almost 3 million people live and a further 10 million-plus on TV or online media.

  • WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL MALL 4TH JULY CELEBRATIONS

President Trump has gone all out on this one. More than 70,000 people gather for the fireworks in the nation’s capital to watch the incredible display over the Washington Monument annually. This is an all-day event which of course includes parades, festivals, live music and as night falls, FIREWORKS. The display is fired and choreographed by the pro-team from Garden State Fireworks which was established in 1890.

  • SAN DIEGOS BIG BAY BOOM FIREWORKS

This event is also the responsibility of firework supremo’s Pyro Spectacular by Souza. The fireworks can be viewed from a huge number of locations around San Diego Bay in California and the pyro is carefully set up on 4 barges within the Bay area. 50,000 spectators regularly line the area so be prepared. Of course, the fireworks are not due to begin until nightfall which will be around 9pm so there is plenty of time to take in the sights and visit Legoland or Seaworld during the daytime, keeping the whole of the family happy.

  • PHILADELPHIA – WAWA WELCOME AMERICA

Philadelphia is seen as the birthplace of the USA as this was where the DOI was signed on 2nd August 1776. The City is known to be a brilliant family-friendly place and the 4th July events reflect this. There will be outdoor screenings of some brilliant movies like ‘Rocky’, ‘Rogue One – A Star Wars Movie, and the delightful Despicable Me which will be brilliant for the family or indeed visits to local Museums at no cost. The people of Philadelphia are also rather keen on what is essentially a ‘sub’ roll called a Hoagie. These are a delicious sandwich which may contain either hot or cold meats with salads and cheeses.  Of course, the best known of them is the ‘Philly Cheese Steak’ which has layers of super-thin sandwich steaks with onions and melted cheese over (yeah baby ….).

Philly has held fireworks for over 100 years. The pyro in Philadelphia is the responsibility of Pyrotechnico who annually thrill the 500,000 spectators with their 18- minute display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 4 barges. Here in Philadelphia, a 3-day festival accompanies the 4th July celebrations so there is plenty to do if you wish to make a longer trip of it.

  • BOSTON – BOSTON POPS FIREWORK SPECTACULAR

This has been running for 43 years and culminates in a display fired over the Charles River. The pyro is the responsibility of another of the original Italian Firework families; Fireworks by Grucci. This team won international acclaim back on NYE 2013 when they provided the fireworks and technical expertise to enable the UAE to achieve a Guinness World Record for the biggest firework display ever with 479,651 fireworks. This family has been in the business since 1850 and now the company employs the 6th generation with no sign of their love of pyro ebbing away. The Boston Pops is a fantastic orchestral concert which culminates in a huge 23-minute firework display following a free concert which is on a first-come-first-served basis.

With a population in the USA of 325 million, they will also eat and drink their way through a staggering amount of food and beverages for their private events, BBQ’s and picnics:

  • $388 million on steaks and beef products
  • $389 million on chicken
  • $37 million on corn on the cob
  • $114 million on salads/slaws and potato salads
  • $25 million on bratwurst for those hot-dogs
  • $318 million on crisps (chips over there)
  • $100 million on sauces, marinades and condiments
  • $2.9 BILLION on alcohol
  • $800 MILLION ON FIREWORKS

Unfortunately, here in the UK, we do not celebrate the event other than a very select smattering of food outlets and restaurants showing their support with ‘American themed’ foods.

Wherever you are, we would like to say HAPPY 4TH JULY 🙂

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FIREWORKS WELCOME IN 2019 AROUND THE WORLD

As you are all fully aware here at Epic fireworks, we love FIREWORKS in any way, shape or form, so we bring you a roundup of every firework display as the world welcomed in 2019.

Samoa and Kiribati are the first to welcome in the new year and they did this with a traditional South Pacific party. As the clock struck midnight all citizens were sent out a Facebook message from the government wishing them a happy and prosperous new year. With this a beautiful firework display along with traditional dancers, jugglers and flamethrowers.

At 11am UK time, it was Auckland’s turn, combining the celebrations with the annual Wondergarden Festival in a party that you didn’t want to miss. Revellers descended to Auckland, so they could join in the festivities early, with even the government extending the party times with no restrictions on noise from 6pm and 2am. The fabulous fireworks display was set off from Auckland’s sky tower followed by a light projection on Auckland harbor bridge.

Sydney’s display was watched all over the world and you would have caught it at 12 midday UK time as it was televised. All the spectators, however, had a bit of a damp night as there were thunderstorms and rain for the majority of the evening. Despite the weather, the fireworks went ahead lighting up the skies over the Sydney Opera house and around the Harbour.

There was no expense was spared in Pyongyang North Korea, as there was a concert, dancers, singers and lasers and pyrotechnics were even used in the counting down to the new year in Arabic numerals (we’re not entirely sure why on this one but hey ho!) before the fireworks were released in the main square. All this was before the addressing of the nation by King Jong-un.

The home of fireworks China did celebrate new year but not as widely as everywhere else in the world. The official new year for China is when the new lunar year begins, and this will not be celebrated in style until the 5th to the 19th February. Some did attend countdown events as these were held in the major cities and others headed to the Buddhist temples for bell ringing and prayers.

Dubai not wanting to disappoint not only put on fireworks this year but also attempted and broke 2 Guinness World Records. Hundreds of thousands of spectators flocked downtown to see the returning fireworks display on the Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building.

Onto the European countries: Moscow is known for their celebrations been big and the best in the world and they go all out on New Year’s Eve to please the locals and visitors alike. Whether you attend the big city square celebration in St Petersburg or Moscow’s Red Square the celebrations are big bold and of course full of fireworks.

Athens culminated their New Year by setting the skies alight above the ancient Parthenon Temple at the top of Acropolis Hill. Before this there is a countdown celebration in the municipality of Athens. The night was hosted by some of Greece’s most celebrated actors, tv personalities and singers all with the Parthenon as a stunning backdrop.

Paris, even with the latest troubles of the protests and high-security presence, gathered everyone together for New Year celebrations on the Champs Elysees. President Emmanuel gave his traditional New Year address, and before midnight approached there was a light show illustrating the brotherhood that took place on the Arc de Triomphe monument.

If you were one of the lucky over 100,000 ticket holders for the London New Year’s Eve celebrations you will have witnessed over 8 tonnes of explosives been fired into the air, along with music from some of Europe’s finest artists. Amongst this the words “London is open” was spoken in 7 different languages along with the bells of Big Ben chiming once more after been quiet for most of the year due to renovation work been carried out on the Elizabeth Tower.

North of the UK in Edinburgh they held a colourful street party in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle; home of the Hogmanay. At midnight, the skies were lit above the castle along with a soundtrack provided by German band Meute. As soon as the fireworks were silent there was a mass performance of Auld Lang Syne.

With the temperature reaching 80 degrees in the beautiful City of Rio de Janeiro, many, if not all of the revellers enjoyed the fireworks for the new year in the sea or on the beach in their swimwear. However, for anyone that was witnessed the fireworks in Times Square New Years Eve was a completely different experience as the majority of the crowds that packed the square for the traditional crystal ball drop were dressed in raincoats and ponchos with some paying up to $10 each for one. The event was big, and star-studded as always with Christina Aguilera getting the crowd warmed up just before bebe Rexha sang John Lennon’s “imagine” just before the midnight ball drop and of course the spectacular fireworks.

Wherever you enjoyed the fireworks whether it was at home or in another country all us here at Epic fireworks would like to wish you all the best for the year 2019. We certainly had a blast.

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